The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Village Organization Among the Central Nzemi Nagas', M.A. thesis by Ursula Betts

caption: Chapter three - the Ram or village community
caption: the individual's relations with the kienga
caption: life cycle changes in dress of men; puberty rites
medium: theses
ethnicgroup: Nzemi
person: Betts/ U.V.
date: 1950
refnum: M.A. thesis, University College, London
note: footnotes indicated by boxes within square brackets
text: Up to the age of puberty a boy has his head shaved. He goes naked in summer, and in the winter wears a single wrap or body-cloth. When he reaches puberty he begins to wear an additional body-cloth wrapped round his hips like a long skirt; he grows his hair to the adult style and assumes a young man's ornaments. At the next winter feast of Hga-ngi following on his attainment of puberty, his first kilt (ni) [20 [Record T86780]